Plaid Cymru’s ‘ambition for Wales without limit’

General election poll tracker: How do the parties compare? Election translator – understand the lingo A really simple guide to the UK general election Could there be a remain alliance? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Plaid won four seats in the 2017 General Election The party is campaigning for a “Welsh green jobs revolution”, the creation of a Welsh justice system, which includes the transfer of policing powers to Cardiff and £50m to recruit 1,600 new police officers. Other pledges announced ahead of the launch relate to issues that are the responsibility of the Welsh Government – social care, childcare and building affordable homes. Asked whether the party was deliberately confusing matters, a Plaid Cymru source said: “Many of …

Sturgeon: Independence within ‘touching distance’

It will be the first time she has spoken at an independence rally since 2014. The event prompted a counter demonstration by dozens of unionist supporters who waved flags and blew whistles as supporters of Scottish independence gathered. Ministers urged to agree indyref2 question test Election 2019: Questions facing Scotland’s parties FMQs: Rolling out the red carpet for indyref2? Speaking ahead of the event organised by The National newspaper, the SNP leader focused on the UK-wide election on 12 December. “This election really is the most important one Scotland has faced in modern times,” she said. “So much is on the line – people are completely fed up with the mess at Westminster. “But George Square will be packed as …

Will delaying Brexit cost 1bn a month?

That’s because budget payments until the end of 2020 are already part of the divorce bill calculations. Only if the transition is extended into 2021 and beyond could the cost in budget contributions to the UK begin to rise. In that sense, the longer Brexit is delayed the more chance there is that will happen. Mr Johnson might also argue that other factors, such as the continued uncertainty facing businesses, should be taken into account when calculating cost. But that’s not what he is referring to when he makes his £1bn a month claim.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle elected as Commons Speaker

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSir Lindsay Hoyle was dragged to the chair after his election after four rounds of voting. Labour MP and deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has been elected by MPs as the new Commons Speaker, after John Bercow stepped down. After winning the final round of voting against Chris Bryant, Sir Lindsay was dragged to the chair by MPs, where he pledged to be a “neutral” Speaker. He also paid tribute to his daughter, Natalie, who died in 2017, saying she would “always be missed”. The Speaker keeps order in Commons debates and calls MPs to speak. Speakers must be politically impartial, which means Sir Lindsay will be required to resign from the …

Second homes tax ‘loophole’ worry

There are worries buying is out of the question for many local young people. Image caption Homes overlooking the coast at Abersoch, which is a sought-after area and prices are high The party’s Arfon assembly member Sian Gwenllian called it an “unfair loophole” and said it added to pressures on housing for local people, with prices becoming “completely unaffordable”. She added: “They have no choice but to leave the area or live in poor rented accommodation. “There are 2,000 people on social register waiting for housing in Gwynedd, then you have another 1,000 who have found a way of paying no tax at all. It’s scandalous that this is allowed to happen.” Council houses built in Wales for first time …

Government wins vote on Queen’s Speech

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Queen’s Speech was approved by 310 votes to 294 MPs have approved the Queen’s Speech, which sets out Boris Johnson’s priorities for the parliamentary session, by 310 votes to 294. Labour and SNP amendments criticising the speech were rejected. The chancellor said the speech delivered on “people’s priorities”, but Labour said it only offered “a few cynical publicity stunt commitments”. The Queen’s Speech sets out 26 bills, covering areas including Brexit, criminal justice and the NHS. However, if the prime minister succeeds in his bid, announced this afternoon, to hold an election in December, much of this Queen’s Speech will not be acted upon, unless the same plans are brought forward …

Radical change to abortion laws in NI

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) – and some politicians from other unionist parties – triggered a recall of the Northern Ireland Assembly in an attempt to block the lifting of a near-ban on terminations. The assembly at Stormont had not sat for more than 1,000 days after devolved government collapsed when power-sharing coalition partners the DUP and Sinn Féin split in a bitter row. But the move failed because a new speaker could not be elected on a cross-community basis. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Charges can no longer be brought against those who have an abortion or against health workers who provide terminations The committee also said abortions should be allowed where there is “severe fetal impairment”, but …

SNP ‘winning independence economic argument’

Sturgeon: ‘No shortcut route to independence’ Sturgeon: Corbyn must back indyref2 for SNP votes SNP formally backs decriminalisation of drugs Mr Mackay told the conference in Aberdeen that the party’s unionist opponents are “panicking” because the “case for the Union has been “completely demolished over the last few years” due to Brexit and austerity. He added: “We have always known that convincing people that they will be better off in an independent Scotland is key to winning their support and opinion polls clearly show that confidence in an independent Scotland’s economy is growing. “The message is ringing through loud and clear – Scotland cannot afford the Union. Our economy, our public services and our people cannot afford to be subject …

Sturgeon: Corbyn must back indyref2 for SNP votes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNicola Sturgeon said she favoured replacing Boris Johnson’s Tory government with a “progressive-style alliance” Nicola Sturgeon has told Jeremy Corbyn not to “bother picking up the phone” to ask the SNP to put him in government unless he backs an independence vote. The Scottish first minister said she was in favour of removing Boris Johnson from office and holding an election. But she said her backing for a future “progressive alliance” government relied on a deal to hold a referendum. Ms Sturgeon also said she would seek UK government consent this year to hold a new independence vote. ‘Right to choose’ Mr Corbyn has said he does not think a new independence …

Sturgeon says PM’s deal means ‘much harder Brexit’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNicola Sturgeon: ‘It’s hard to imagine a worse Brexit deal’ The deal agreed between Boris Johnson’s government and the EU would mean a “much harder Brexit” than previous proposals, Nicola Sturgeon has said. An agreement between the UK and EU was announced on Thursday morning, but is still to face a vote in the Commons. The first minister said it was “clear that Scotland is being treated unfairly”, and confirmed that SNP MPs “will not vote for Brexit in any form”. And Ms Sturgeon said a “much harder Brexit beckons if this deal passes”. Mr Johnson said the “great new deal” would see the UK “take back control of our laws, borders, …

Irish PM: Difficult to get Brexit deal by deadline

“[They] are saying that’s a concession and of course it isn’t really,” he added. Image Copyright @eucopresident @eucopresident Report Report Irish Foreign Minister Coveney said there was a “lot of misinformation” being reported and that his government and the EU were “working flat out” to achieve a Brexit deal. Last week, the UK published new proposals designed to replace the backstop in the original withdrawal agreement, which would have kept the UK in a temporary customs territory with the EU. Mr Johnson had rejected the backstop as “anti-democratic”, putting forward a plan to take the whole of the UK out of the customs union. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA new Brexit deal is possible but cannot …

Plaque for Wales’ first female MP

‘Double life’ of David Lloyd George Megan Lloyd George – a true heir In pictures: David Lloyd George Megan was born in 1902, and spent much of her early life at 10 and 11 Downing Street – but she spoke only Welsh until the age of four. Family member Elizabeth George, who will unveil the plaque, said: “Although Megan grew up in Downing Street surrounded by prominent politicians and dignitaries of the day, Bryn Awelon was where she made her home, serving on the local town council and with her next-door neighbour as her lifelong confidante and best friend.” Related Topics Carmarthen Criccieth Women Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

UK could ‘clarify’ its Brexit offer to EU

This was despite the government stating, in papers submitted to a Scottish court, that the PM would comply with legislation passed by Parliament, known as the Benn Act. This requires him to send a letter to the EU asking for a further three-month Brexit extension if no deal is agreed by 19 October – a day after a crucial summit of European leaders. PM will send Brexit extension letter, court told UK Brexit offer ‘a step forward’ says Coveney What is ‘no-deal Brexit’? The UK has said its new proposals, presented on Wednesday, represent a “significant” shift and the basis for a “fair and reasonable compromise” after months of deadlock. The BBC’s Adam Fleming said, after five hours of talks …

What has Boris Johnson said about Brexit checks?

RTÉ said would effectively create new customs posts on both sides of the border, but “five to 10 miles back from the actual land frontier”. In essence, the information appears to have come from confidential discussion documents, referred to as “non-papers”, which were shared between London and Brussels last month. These are ideas which the British government is floating ahead of its departure from the EU, but is not saying: “These are our final plans.” At least one of these papers seems to have mentioned some sort of customs clearance centres, which would be required on either side of the border. Will customs clearance zones form part of the UK’s final Brexit proposal to the EU? The answer from the …

Fracking ‘ban’ to continue indefinitely

The accidental leak, which has now been removed, was published alongside the results of a last minute consultation which was carried out over the summer. Skip Twitter post by @BBCPhilipSim Spoiler alert for tomorrow's fracking statement at Holyrood – someone's already updated the consultations website saying they're going to confirm a "final policy position of no support for unconventional oil and gas" pic.twitter.com/3n5fdhlblK — Philip Sim (@BBCPhilipSim) October 2, 2019 Related Topics Scottish government Fracking in the UK Ineos Fracking Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

‘Shenanigans’ wont change Brexit, says Dodds

Speaking in the lengthy Commons debate the Prime Minster Boris Johnson was in unapologetic form. The prime minister told MPs that he accepted the decision but he believed the Supreme Court was wrong. He rejected a claim from the North Down MP Lady Hermon that he had been “arrogant” in his attitude to the UK Supreme Court. Related Topics Boris Johnson UK Parliament Nigel Dodds Unlawful Parliament suspension DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) Brexit Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways